Wuzzz Up? (4/16/09)

The Modesto Symphony Guild has announced its 2009 scholarship winners. They are:

Jessica Jones, Downey High School, $2,000 scholarship. She is an accomplished bassist and has played the principal bass for the CODA Honor Orchestra, the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra and Stanislaus County Honor Orchestra.

Louise Ramos, a senior at Enochs, $1,000 scholarship. Louise plays the piano and the flute, playing first chair in the school orchestra. She also is active in the marching and concert bands.

Kelly Cearley, a senior at Modesto High, is a vocalist who plays the piano and the violin. She is involved in concert and chamber choirs, Silver Bells hand bell choir, and the YES Company. Kelly plans to continue her education at UOP, majoring in music therapy.


Teams from Footnotes Dance Studio in Ceres won several awards last month at the USA Nationals in Los Angeles. The senior, junior, youth and mini hip-hop and mini pom teams all scored first place in the two-day competition.

Then the senior, junior, youth and mini hip-hop teams all placed as grand champions of the competition.

Grand champion titles are given to the highest-scoring team in their whole age division. The team coaches are studio owner Lindsay Curry, mini hip-hop; Simon Anowia, senior and junior hip-hop; Russell Alcorn, youth hip-hop; and Annette Cadena and Kerry Rocha, mini pom.


Three consecutive state championship titles add up to a threepeat. That's exactly what the Columbia College speech and debate team achieved the week of March 18-22 at Woodland Hills after again successfully defending their state championship title.

Danielle Carmack was the top scorer for Columbia, capturing silver medals in both the impromptu speaking and the Lincoln/Douglas debate events. She also earned a bronze medal in team parliamentary debate with her partner, Meghan Miller. Meghan also earned a silver medal in Lincoln/Douglas debate and was named the second-best speaker in the team debate category.

Sigil Blackwolf and Judith Bennington, each earned a bronze medal in the parliamentary team debate event. Tom McDonnell won a bronze medal in the highly competitive impromptu speaking category.

The Wuzzz Up column honors the achievements of area youth. E-mail and include 'Wuzzz Up' in the subject line.